Through 77 Games:
2022: 56-21 through 77 games
Game 75: 55-20 - Tuesday night: Yankees 2, Athletics 0
The Yankees got on the board against Oakland starter Frankie Montas early, as Jose Trevino got an RBI single in the first, and Marwin Gonzalez got a solo home run, his third dinger of the season, in the second, to make it 2-0.
That was all spot-starter JP Sears would need, as he threw 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing no runs on three hit and a walk, with one strikeout, to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Yankees starter Jameson Taillon settled in, and he went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks, with six strikeouts, to improve to an impressive 9-1 on the season.
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Game 77: 56-21 - Thursday night: Astros 2, Yankees 1
In this makeup game from the week lost to the lockout, played down in Houston, the Astros won it with a two-run home runs from Alex Bregman in the third inning, which was his 16th of the season, and more great pitching.
Houston starting pitcher Luis Garcia went 5 1/3 innings, in which he allowed a run on three this and two walks, with six strikeouts to earn the win and improve to 6-5.
The one run the Yankees got off Garcia was an Anthon Rizzo solo home run in the sixth, for his 21st homer of the season, and that was the last batter Garcia faced.
Luis Severino started for the Yankees, and he suffered his second hard-luck loss to the Astros in a week, as he went six innings, allowing just two runs on three hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. He is now 4-3 on the season.
1998: 57-20 through 77 games
The Mets got on the board first when Rey Ordonez had an RBI groundout in the second inning to make it 1-0, but it was all Yankees after that.
In the fourth, Tino Martinez launched a three-run homer, and in the seventh, Chad Curtis had a sacrifice fly followed by a two-run single from Derek Jeter, and an RBI single from Paul O'Neill to make it 7-1.
Andy Pettitte got the win for the Yankees, as he went 6 1/3 innings, and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks, with nine strikeouts, to improve to 9-5 on the season.
Bobby Jones took the loss for the Mets, as he went 6 2/3 innings, and was a victim of bad fielding, with just three earned runs out of the seven he gave up. He allowed six runs and three walks, with just one strikeout.
The Yankees' Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez and the Mets' Masato Yoshii engaged in a pitchers' duel that kept the game scoreless into the sixth inning.
The Mets took the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a Carlos Baerga RBI single.
The Yankees came right back in the seventh when Scott Brosius hit a solo home run to tie it at 1.
It stayed that way until the ninth when the Mets won it on a Luis Lopez sacrifice fly off Yankees reliever Ramiro Mendoza, which scored Baerga, who led off the inning with a double.
Yoshii went seven innings, allowing a run on two hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts.
Dennis Cook came in from the Mets bullpen and pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win, as he did not allow a hit or walk and struck out three.
El Duque went eight innings, allowing one run on two hits and five walks, while striking out nine.
Mendoza took the loss to fall to 5-2 in 1998.
The Yankees won it 9-2 at Yankee Stadium, as David Cone threw a complete game in this one, as he allowed two runs on five hits and no walks, with 11 strikeouts, to improve to 11-2.
The Yankees got on the board in the second inning against Phillies starter Carlton Loewer, as Darryl Strawberry led off the second inning with a home run, followed by a Chad Curtis RBI single, a Joe Girardi RBI groundout, and a Derek Jeter RBI single to make it 4-0.
They were at it again in the fourth, starting with an RBI single from Strawberry, followed by a Tim Raines RBI single to make it 6-0.
That was it for Loewer, and Philadelphia then turned to Toby Borland, who walked Scott Brosius and Girardi with the bases loaded to force in two runs, and then threw a while pitch to score Curtis, which made it 9-0.
The Yankees also played the Phillies in their 77th game in 1998, and they jumped ahead in the second inning when Tino Martinez launched a two-run home run.
Philadelphia tied it at 2 in the fourth when Scott Tolen hit a solo homer followed by an RBI groundout from Mike Lieberthal, which scored ex-Met Rico Brogna.
The Yankees came right back in the fifth when Tim Raines had an RBI single, followed by a two-run single from Tino Martinez to make it 5-2.
That was all the support David Wells needed, as he went seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks, with four strikeouts, to earn the win and improve to 11-2.
Mariano Rivera threw 1 2/3 innings, in which he didn't allow a hit or walk and struck out one, to earn his 20th save of the season.
Where they stand: The 2022 Yankees (56-21) is just one game off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 57-20 through 77 games.
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